As a part of the 2012 Homecoming festivities on the Stetson University campus, there will be an induction ceremony for the newest members of the Stetson Athletics Hall of Fame.
The eight new members of the Hall of Fame, who were voted on by the Hall of Fame selection committee, will take their place alongside all of the greats in Stetson Athletics history at an induction brunch, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, at the new Athletics Training Center.
The class of 2012 includes athletes from six sports and will increase the total membership of the Hall of Fame to 160 members. This will be the first Hall of Fame class since 2010.
“We are excited to welcome the newest members of the Stetson Athletics Hall of Fame,” Director of Athletics Jeff Altier said. “I can’t think of a better weekend to induct these great examples of what Hatters Athletics is all about than Homecoming weekend. There will be so much excitement around campus that weekend, and the induction will be an important part of the festivities.”
The newest members of the Stetson Athletics Hall of Fame will be: Tom Creavy (golf), Marcus Echtler (tennis), April Eilering (soccer), Chris Johnson (baseball), Melissa Wiggins Mangino (softball), Brian Snyder (baseball), Dr. Nefertiti Walker (basketball) and Bob Weickel (coach).
Tickets for the Hall of Fame induction brunch are available for $25 each by contacting Stacy Turner in the Athletics Department. Her phone number is 386-822-8100 and her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are short biographical sketches of each of the new Stetson Athletics Hall of Famers.
Tom Creavy (1989-92) – A native of Westchester, NY, Creavy won the Trans-American Athletics Conference individual golf title in 1990, an accomplishment that remained unmatched at Stetson until just this past year when Sam Ryder won the A-Sun title. He earned first team All-TAAC honors in 1991 and 1992 and earned league player of the year honors both years. One of the highlights of his amateur career was a convincing 3 & 2 victory over Tiger Woods at the Monroe Invitational in 1993. Creavy turned pro in 1994 and played on various tours before becoming one of the top teaching professionals in the nation. Over the years he has worked with players such as Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Ernie Els. After opening his own teaching academy in Orlando in 2000, Creavy became the full time coach for Se Ri Pak, helping her to 18 LPGA Tour victories, including three majors.
Marcus Echtler (2004-08) – A native of Venice, Fla., Echtler was a four-time first team All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection and, in 2006, he was named the A-Sun Player of the Year and the Stetson University Male Athlete of the Year. He was the first tennis player in Stetson and A-Sun history to earn an invitation to play as an individual in the NCAA championships. He posted a career record of 44-37 in singles play while also posting a 62-28 mark in doubles competition. In addition to his accomplishments on the court, he was also a four-time A-Sun All-Academic team member and he earned the Wendell N. Jarrard Sr. Award from Stetson University. He was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year and earned the Distinguished Senior Award at Stetson.
April Eilering (2003-06) – A native of Troy, Ill., Eilering finished her career as the most accomplished goal keeper in Stetson women’s soccer history. She posted 29 career shutouts in four seasons, and allowed just 1.025 goals per game for her career, almost a full goal per game better than the next best player. She was named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year in 2003 and was also named to the Southeast Region All-Freshman team. She capped her career by earning A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year honors. She was a first team All-Conference selection in 2006 and was named to the A-Sun All-Tournament team in 2005 and 2006. She was a four-time A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week. She was also a three-time Academic All-Conference selection and was named Stetson's Female Student-Athlete of the Year and Distinguished Senior in 2006.
Chris Johnson (2005-06) – A native of Naples, Fla., Johnson spent just two seasons as an active member of the Stetson baseball program, but left a lasting mark on the program. He was named the A-Sun Freshman of the Year in 2005 and followed up by earning first team All-Conference honors as a sophomore. Over his two seasons he posted a .379 batting average in 125 games, blasting 19 home runs with 118 RBI. He was named the Hatters’ most outstanding offensive player for both seasons. After earning third team All-America honors in 2006, he capped his Stetson career by being named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros and made his Major League debut during the 2009 season. This past summer Johnson was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks where he immediately stepped in as a middle of the order offensive threat. So far in his big league career Johnson has posted a .276 batting averaged with 33 home runs and 171 RBI in 348 games over four seasons. In 2012 he blasted a career-best 15 homers while also driving in a career best 76 runs with a .281 average.
Melissa Wiggins Mangino (2003-06) – A native of Temple Terrace, Fla., Wiggins capped her career by being named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year in 2006. A third baseman for the Hatters, Wiggins was twice named to the A-Sun first team All-Conference squad after earning All-Freshman team honors in 2003 and second team All-Conference in 2004. During her career she set school records for career hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage and walks and she is second in career batting average. She still holds the records for career hits, doubles and slugging. She was named the A-Sun Player of the Week five times during her career and was a second team NFCA All-Region selection in 2006.
Brian Snyder (2001-03) – A native of Tampa, Fla., Snyder capped his three-year career with the Stetson baseball program by earning first team All-America honors from Baseball America in 2003 before becoming the highest drafted player in Stetson history when he was selected by the Oakland A’s with the 26th overall pick in the 2003 draft. Snyder was a two-time first team Atlantic Sun All-Conference pick and was a member of the All-Freshman team in 2001, earning Freshman All-America honors as well. His name still dots the Stetson record book where he ranks fourth in career batting average (.373), second in slugging percentage (.645) and on-base percentage (.481), fifth in runs scored (188), fourth in doubles (56) and seventh in home runs (32). He spent four years playing professionally, reaching AA. He currently works as a volunteer assistant coach at Jacksonville University.
Dr. Nefertiti Walker (2004-06) – A native of Atlanta, Ga., Walker quickly became a star both on and off the court at Stetson after transferring from Georgia Tech. During her first season with the Hatters she led the league in free throw shooting and was second in the nation. She was a second team All-Conference pick after averaging 15.6 points per game, and was then named to the A-Sun All-Tournament team after scoring 22 points per game in leading the Hatters to the league title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Walker followed up as a senior by earning unanimous selection to the first team All-Conference squad while leading the league in scoring (21.5 ppg) and free throw percentage (91.9) – ranking in the top 10 nationally, seventh and fourth respectively, in both categories. She piled up 1,061 points in just two seasons and completed her playing career by scoring in double figures in 52 consecutive games. Since completing her degree at Stetson, she went on to earn her M.B.A. (Stetson) and Ph.D. (Florida) and she now serves as an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts.
Bob Weickel (1960-2013) – A native of Huntington Station, NY, there are very few jobs Weickel has not held in his 52 years as a member of the Stetson Athletics family. “Mr. Hatter” is in his 33rd, and final, season as the Hatters men’s golf coach, a tenure that has covered three different tours of duty. In addition he has served as assistant men’s basketball coach under legendary head coach Glenn Wilkes (1960-74), as both assistant (1960-64) and head baseball coach (1965-68). He has served as Director of Intramurals (1962-84), as a professor of Sport Management (1962-2005), as Physical Education Director (1973-93) and as Assistant Athletic Director (1984-95). In addition to earning his Master’s Degree from Stetson, his son, Kevin, is a Stetson grad and former Hatters baseball player who is now the head golf pro at Disney World.